Civil Process

Many people ask what Civil Process is and why the sheriff’s office does it. Basically Civil Process is the service of Court papers such as summons, subpoenas, garnishments, civil suits, small claims filings, ex-parte and protection orders, eviction notices, replevin orders, juvenile papers, or virtually any other document to be served for Court purposes. Missouri law requires the sheriff to perform civil process unless a private process server has been appointed or other option is permitted by the Court.

Being a small organization, we incorporate our civil service into our patrol function. We do so in order to be productive and maximize our time as quite often people are not home on the first, second, or even third attempts for service. Summons can be given to anyone at the residence above 13 years of age.

Several times each year we send notice to prospective jurors. Missouri law directs the Circuit Clerk to obtain the names in the county of the prospective jurors and requires the sheriff to notify those of prospective jury duty. You will often receive such notice in the mail from this office other times they may be hand delivered. Many times people have vacations, medical treatments, or have difficulty in being at the Courthouse for specific dates. If you have such a need, please call Reynolds County Circuit Clerk Randy Cowin’s Office at (573)648-2494 Ext. 34 and they will do their best to help you.

We serve a large number of eviction notices each year. In my opinion the laws lean toward the tenant and against the land lord. Occasionally we hear stories about tenants that refuse to vacate a property. In order for this office to serve an eviction notice, the land lord must have either a printed or written notice they want us to serve. Once we make service that tenant has 30 days to vacate. If he/she refuses to leave the land lord may simply apply for a Court order which directs the sheriff to forcefully evict the tenant(s).

If you have questions about a paper you have been served by our staff there will frequently be a listing on the paper of the attorney or party requesting service and it usually gives the Court date/time/place. Our staff usually knows very little about the paper we serve, it is not because we do not care, but simply we try to minimize our involvement in your business unless it is a criminal matter. Your best bet is to call an attorney if you have any questions or concerns. Our employees and the staff in the Courthouse are not permitted to give you legal advice.

Type of Paper/Fee* (US Dollars)

  • Exparte-Order of Protection: No Charge
  • Garnishment: $30.00 + Mileage
  • Civil Summons: $30.00 + Mileage
  • Replevin: $30.00 + Mileage
  • Criminal Summons:  No Charge
  • Landlord Eviction:  $30.00 + Mileage
  • Civil Subpeona: $15.00 + Mileage
  • Criminal Subpeona: No Charge
  • Alias Summons: $30.00 + Mileage

Area Mileage

  • Bunker 42 miles – $23.52
  • Garwood 64 miles – $35.84
  • Reynolds 20 miles – $11.20
  • Bluffview 98 miles – $54.88
  • Ellington 30 miles – $16.80
  • Redford 20 miles – $11.20
  • Lesterville 20 miles – $11.20
  • Valley Springs 22 miles – $12.32
  • Black/Oates 30 miles – $16.80

*Fees reflect the additional $10.00 per Senate Bill 935